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After my mind calmed and I got her back to the barn, I called the vet. He said he was kind of busy this morning but to send a picture then he would let me know when he could make it. I snapped this picture and sent it over. Minutes later my phone rings and all I hear is "I am on my way." I was somewhat relieved that he was on his way, but concerned that he thought it was that bad to drop everything and come see her.
He stitched her up and wrapped her leg. I go to thank him and pay the bill and ask what should I do now. His instructions were to keep her in the stall, limit movement. Change the bandage every couple of days and we will see how it goes. My next question was "Doc, she is only 3, I had big plans for her, will this hurt her athletic ability as she gets older?" He said, "well there will be scar tissue and it is over a joint, only time will tell."
The next few months were very challenging to keep a young horse stalled and of course she ended up blowing out the stitches. Below you can see a timeline of the healing as I continued to treat her.
Months later, after the wound had completely healed, I remembered the vet said there would be scar tissue. Knowing what I do know, I grabbed the Dynamite Balm and did many Balm Sweats to continue the healing.
I continued to do these over the course of the next year.
Not really doing much with her over the next year other than ground work and rehab on the knee, I didn't ride too much. Toward the end of 2016 she was 4 and I was finally getting around to riding. I had started taking her to some clinics that summer and things were going ok. I also realized later that at these clinics we never rode more than about 30 min at the end. Late that summer at a clinic where we had ridden almost an hour, she started doing this reach around and grabbing her side thing. From then on, like clock work 15-20 min into a ride she would start this. Trainers suggested it was my large square skirt saddle that was poking her in the side. So the winter of 2016 I sold my saddle and purchase a Parelli saddle that had a round skirt and tree that fit her back. I was once again devastated the spring of 2017 when a friend and I tried to go ride and she continued to do it. Here is the video I asked my friend to take so I could see what she was doing.
Notice the tail swishing and the reaching around. She never grabbed my leg but would sometimes bit the saddle.